Peterborough Schools Link with China to Boost Education For All

Jack Hunt School, St John Fisher Catholic High School and Thorpe Primary School have been chosen to  develop international links with China as part of a major new school twinning project to boost global education.

Connecting Classrooms is a UK government and British Council education initiative. The three schools have been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues. Teachers and students are working with The Gold Apple School, Puxing Middle School and Pu Guang Primary School in Shanghai, China to learn how to become responsible global citizens and to develop skills to work in a global economy. Schools across the UK can benefit from a range of support offered by the scheme.

Pamela Kilbey,  Headteacher from Jack Hunt School,  said  “ We are extending our own existing links and forging new links between schools in Peterborough and Shanghai.  Staff and students will be working on a range of combined learning projects and also undertaking research and staff development projects through the Connecting Classrooms programme.  Jack Hunt School has worked in partnership with the Gold Apple School for 4 years now and our students have been visiting the school for the last 3 years”.

Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said:

“I am very pleased that three schools in Peterborough are taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world. Young people and teachers can make a fantastic contribution by sharing the best of Britain with their peers around the world and at the same time, the great thing is that they can get invaluable knowledge of what life is like in other countries.

“Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn about the world around them, about the facts of poverty that face children their own age in developing countries, and how education can help eradicate poverty. It will also benefit teachers by enhancing their professional skills.”

The programme will enable teachers and students from the schools to take part in an exchange visit with the Chinese Partner schools and work on classroom-based projects together, with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience.

Martin Barwise, Assistant Headteacher at Jack Hunt School said,  “We are really looking forward to the combined projects that we have planned, to give students a very real understanding about their lifestyles in China and the United Kingdom.  We will see students building their communication with each other and growing as Global Citizens”.